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Tuesday, February 20, 2007


Stage Addiction: The Completely Tony-Danza-Free Edition

- Meryl Streep will play Sister Aloysius in the big-screen adaptation of Doubt, the 2005 Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. Although we're sad that Cherry Jones won't get to reprise her breathtaking performance...you can't exactly be disappointed. I mean, come on. It's Streep.

- After spectacularly dominating London's Olivier Awards yesterday, it's perhaps no surprise that the smash revival of Sunday in the Park with George is moving to Broadway. The Roundabout will install Sondheim's meditation on art and love in their Studio 54 space, probably in February 2008...perfectly timing to win a Tony or two. No word on casting for the production, which originated at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London.

- Another big Olivier winner, Rufus Sewell, dominates the stage of Tom Stoppard's play about music, Rock 'N' Roll. With the show just announced for Broadway next October, will Sewell come travel across the pond? Our sources say: absolutely. The race for Best Actor 2008 just started, people.

- Last week, we raved about the recent concert version of Follies. This week, 42nd Street was a-twitter with talk that the Casey Nicholaw's ravishing production will move to Broadway, and soon. There are some sticking points -- star schedules, for one. (Donna Murphy is committed to Manhattan Theatre Club's LoveMusik, while Victor Garber has a TV pilot under consideration.) And the lack of an available theatre with the necessary backstage space is a hurdle to overcome. The most likely premise? A limited, six-week run at the St. James, after its current resident, The Producers, closes but before Young Frankenstein cranks up this fall. If it comes to pass, the show will heat up summer in New York...and automatically become the most-sought ticket in town.

- In semi-related news, NewYorkology has a follow-up (via the Post) about our discussion of Lane and Broderick returning to The Producers...and what will happen if they don't. It's not pretty.

- Serious filmgoers were wowed by David Oyelowo in The Last Kind of Scotland, where he played Dr. Junju, a small character who makes an enormous sacrifice in the final moments. (Nathaniel even gave Oyelowo one of his honors of 2006.) The first black actor to play Henry VI at the RSC (and soon on the big screen in Kenneth Branagh's As You Like It and the small screen A Raisin in the Sun opposite Audra McDonald and Phylicia Rashad), here's your chance to see his U.S. stage debut...as the title character in Prometheus Bound for Aquila Theatre Company. Be smart: this will be a buzz-hit with strong word of mouth once it opens, so grab tickets now.

- Fun Story: John Turturro Gender-Bends To Save Show

- In Apri, Tony winner John Glover (Love! Valour! Compassion!) will become the new Man in Chair for the hit run of The Drowsy Chaperone, when Bob Martin moves on to head the London company. Great choice...and we're not just saying that because Glover and ModFab are grads of the same university theatre program. But we are.

- Imagine this: You're the most famous drunken, slutty, cokehead pageant queen in history. What do you do when your crown is finally passed on? Answer: you go to Broadway and star in Chicago! More power to your untalented ass, Tara Conner...we hope Trump and Rosie show up backstage on opening night, each with semi-automatic guns.

- Sad Story: Adam Guettel No Longer Making The Princess Bride Musical

- Consider us officially psyched: New York City Opera will produce a new version of the Tony-winning musical Ragtime, reuniting most of Broadway's original creative team: director Frank Galati, choreographer Graciela Daniele, and music director David Loud. Does this mean that original stars might return as well...say, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Marin Mazzie, Mark Jacoby or Audra McDonald? Stay tuned.

  • Stories Left to Tell, with Kathleen Chalfant and Hazelle Goodman leading a cast through works by the late Spalding Gray (February 20)
  • King Hedley II, August Wilson's masterful play (February 20)
  • Our Leading Lady, Charles Busch's latest about Laura Keane, the actress performing on the fateful night Lincoln attended Ford's Theatre (February 22)
  • Some Men, the gay-wedding weepie by Terrence McNally (February 23)
  • Mary Rose, the rarely-revived play by J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan) (February 20)
  • Journey's End, the military chestnut featuring Boyd Gaines and Jefferson Mays (February 22)
  • Sealed For Freshness, and yes, it's a comedy about Tupperware (February 24)
  • Talk Radio, the Eric Bogosian tour-de-force starring Liev Schreiber (February 25)



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